Welcome to SCOTSS, representing the trading standards service in Scotland.

The Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland (SCOTSS), is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC047951). Our members are professional trading standards managers representing every Scottish local authority trading standards service.

The Society liaises with local council colleagues across the UK, and engages with government and others around the operation of the consumer protection landscape, providing leadership and consistency to Scotland's 31 trading standards teams. We aim to educate, coordinate, and support.

SCOTSS also maintains the Approved Trader database which is an online portal to all of Scotland's trading standards run assured trader schemes, try it...it's free!


Enter your postcode to find your nearest trading standards office location in Scotland.


Press article

"The Trading Standards heads of service group, the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland (SCOTSS) today released results of a project looking at the prominence of declarations of peat on bags of garden compost, arguing that consumers need more information to make an environmentally friendly choice.

The survey found that 90% of the compost on sale gave little or no prominence to the fact that it contained peat. the UK Government has committed to banning peat in garden compost from 2024 and the UK's peatlands are a major carbon sink for the environment.

SCOTSS Chair, Graeme Paton said:
"Garden compost containing peat is currently a legal product but most consumers buying compost are not aware of the potential environmental impact nor that many even contain peat. Last month Trading Standards Officers visited retailers across Scotland and examined over 300 bags of compost on sale across Scotland, some containing as much as 90% peat.”
Officers found that 90% of the garden compost containing peat did not mention this fact prominently on the product. Peatlands are a powerful natural means of extracting and storing carbon from the environment. Their destruction to use the peat in compost therefore has an adverse impact on our environment. To make an informed choice, consumers need to know to what degree, if any, peat is an ingredient of compost before they choose to buy a product. In the case of most garden compost containing peat sold in Scotland this does not appear to be the case.”